The attribute of a system that prevents the release of data to unauthorized individuals. The ability or expectation of an individual or group to reveal information about themselves selectively or not at all

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What are the privacy pros and cons of using a public DNS server vs. your own?

Whether I'm using a normal internet connection setup, or tunnelling it through an anonymizing VPN or through TOR, what information of mine is revealed to whatever DNS server that I choose (e.g. Google ...
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When a browser extension or user script pulls a JS file from Google's CDN, how does this compromise the user's privacy in terms of Google's reach? [duplicate]

The context from which my question has arisen is this user script which locally removes ads from Ixquick.com, which is an anonymizing 'proxy' search engine that gives the results from Google's index ...
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Is there a Security/Privacy risk in storing computers' hardware thumbprint?

I'm asking this because according to this article , Microsoft collects much less information than actually exists for Windows licensing (e.g. only 10 bits for MAC addresses, 6 for CPU serial number ...
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Privacy risk in using Google APIs

If I use JQuery from Google APIs: http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js Is there a privacy risk to my site? E.g. does this link enable Google to read my pages, track my ...
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Tor and regular browser side by side. Does that make sense?

Can I use a Tor browser session and a regular Firefox session side by side without corrupting the security of the Tor session? E.g. when I download a new Eclipse version or when I'm searching for ...
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Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? [closed]

OP: I'm curious how else an actor seeking to identify someone online could accomplish this task besides just using an IP address. What methods would they employ? What knowledge must they have of the ...
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How can I get the IP address for a ToR Hidden Service (HSP) with a .onion address?

I'd like to find out the IP address of a given .onion address. Is it possible for me to simply assign an exit node (that I control) to my client and just monitor it to determine what IP address ...
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What are the performance and security tradeoffs when selecting “ECC” or “Subgroup” in a U-Prove token?

In one of the U-Prove documents, I remember reading something that compared Subgroups versus ECC and it went something like this (paraphrased): Subgroups Requires a bigger key to achieve equivalent ...
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House owner can see who's connected to WiFi; what more can he see?

I live in a rental house, and use the house-owner's wireless network to connect to the internet. The owner can see who is connected to his wireless network and I had a few questions regarding this ...
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Have the police placed a bug on my line [closed]

As a pretty dedicated anarchist, rule-breaker and malcontent, I often find myself at odds with the British police. I have been the subject of 3 searches (that I know of) over the last 8 months ...
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Client-side encryption, but cloud service can still decrypt data in the event of a death? Is this possible?

I've been worried about this password manager, PasswordBox that seems to be gathering quite a bit of steam lately. They seem to have raised VC funding and are offering a free password management and ...
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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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Couldn't websites that want to track our activity just store the data in the DOM?

For example as the value of an attribute of a html tag. <div cookie='id=1234'></div> Then if the user deletes the cookies while at least one page of the website is open, a javascript ...
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How to prevent CAS from leaking user identity to arbitrary visited websites?

Summary evil.example.com could use a hidden frame to request a CAS ticket from corporation.example.net, then validate it to receive the username of the hapless user. This effectively deanonymizes the ...
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How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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Can a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
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Who can view my https browsing habbits? [closed]

I was wondering about HTTPS security and how easily is compromised. I have already read the similar threads in here, but I have some more questions: Let's say I am searching something at Google. ...
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Can BitTorrent clients be fingerprinted?

As https://panopticlick.eff.org/ demonstrates, web browsers are very prone to fingerprinting, both active and passive (often you can fingerprint a web browser by simply monitoring the wire). My ...
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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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What are the implications of NSA surveillance on the average internet user?

It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens' online activities, conducted primarily ...
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How secret are secret forums?

I'm looking into setting up a forum for a writers group I attend; this would be for sharing stories amongst ourselves. In order to retain first rights, this has to be within a hidden forum, where the ...
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Can a website still detect my real MAC address even if I use different virtual machine each time I visit the website?

Suppose I use a proxy and a different virtual machine each time I visit a particular website, will a website still be able to detect my MAC address and/or uniquely identify me? Assume that the website ...
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PDF files on webserver file system

We create PDF files as relevant to a customer's e-mail communication. These PDF's contain some personal information, specific to the client. The client is emailed a link to the PDF. The link to the ...
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How can I send and receive untraceable emails? [duplicate]

I have been receiving threatening emails from someone, and I don't want them to know my location for my safety's sake, but I need to send them a "Cease and Desist" notice. This person has great ...
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Company computer use from home - how much can they see on the desktop?

I have a company supplied computer that I use from home. I log into VPN (cisco AnyConnect) when i need to access company email or internal company sites. In the past the company has been able to ...
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How can browser select suggestions for my private searches?

I use a VPN service that provides a pool of IP addresses, I clean history/cookies/etc - all the browsing data before a session. Regardless, when I type in the search of one particular search engine, ...
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Can robots.txt for your face be made effective?

As Google Glass slowly starts shipping, I've recently came across an article on stopthecyborgs.org that mirrors my anxieties that Google Glass currently does not feature a robots.txt for my face. It ...
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Ingress collects a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality game from Google, Ingress, has players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to carry ...
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Automated scanning of personal email [closed]

I am a current user of gmail, and have recently become interested in the privacy policies of the large webmail providers like gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc. I understand that it is commonplace for them to ...
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Privacy violation even when queries with too few results are rejected

I was reading a Computing security book1 and saw a question regarding database security and privacy. I can't quite figure out the answer, so I thought I will ask here. One approach to ensure ...
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How can I protect my internet-connected devices from discovery by Shodan?

There's been a lot of buzz around this recent CNN article about Shodan, a search engine that can find and allow access to unsecured internet-connected devices. Shodan runs 24/7 and collects ...
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OTR and/or SecureIM library for C# .NET [closed]

I'm looking for implementations (or even wrappers) for OTR or SecureIM encrypted chat protocols usable from C#. Currently I found none, and considering porting Java OTR library and/or wrapping ...
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Do keyservers keep logs of who adds whom to their keyrings?

Maybe it depends on the keyserver. Does that pose privacy issues?
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Is connection to keyserver encrypted?

When you retrieve someone's information from a keyserver to add him to your pgp keyring, that is made through unencrypted keyservers, unless the user uploaded it to https://keyserver.pgp.com/. Even ...
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Is time zone information saved in files?

Do files written and timestamped in a certain timezone simply keep the -0000 time in their modification and creation timestamps and adjust the time displayed according to the user's timezone? Or do ...
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Time zone settings and leakage of location

When you set up your clock in Linux systems and select a timezone: How easily can sites access this information? Can they do it through Javascript? Can they do it if Javascript is blocked? Where ...
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What kind of privacy leakage do stuff printed to stdout pose?

1- When a program outputs to stdout, is that normally logged anywhere else? 2- When is it an issue to make a command verbose in printing to stdout instead of working quietly or redirecting to a file? ...
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What is the “about:blank” context for browser security and privacy?

This blog is describing a way to hide the referer header in various situations. Specifically he is referring to things that run in the about:blank context. What is the about:blank context? How does ...
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Secure Development Environment for University dealing with private data

We are a development team within a state public university. Much of our development deals with working with private student and employee data. Some applications push data from internal databases out ...
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How do private photos get stolen

I'm not referring to any of the below: Spiteful partner sharing private photos of other after editing oneself out. Someone stealing photos from a professional photographer/artist without permission. ...
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Pedometer with strong privacy (no data in cloud, local analysis software, no iOS) [closed]

I wish to do 10,000 steps a day. Now searching for an accurate pedometer. I don't wish a cloud solution, data must be local and a nice analysis software. What do you recommend me? I am using a Mac.
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Is there an anti-proxy detection available?

Sites like Wikipedia and Google (among others) don't let you sign up through a proxy or TOR (at least with Google, you have to provide SMS verification if you sign up through proxy.) Somehow they ...
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Is it safe to abandon a free webmail account that has been in use for a significant amount of time?

I have a free webmail account that I have been using for around ten years now. Over the past two years I have almost phased out using this address. I have concerns around accounts that I may have ...
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Is it still possible to sign up for a Google account without SMS verification? (March, 2013) [closed]

Non of these two methods worked: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-google-accounts-require-gmail-and.html
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OTR encrypted chatroom or IM [closed]

I need a secure, encrypted environment for conducting text based interviews online. It's for academic research purposes where data protection is paramount so there cant be any data stored on 3rd ...
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Device fingerprinting & Mass Computer Surveillance

Device fingerprinting is one of the biggest privacy problems as explained because people think cleaning cookies, using proxy servers or blocking domains can protect them (when blacklisted trackers ...
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Anonymized Votes

Background Looking to create an anonymous voting system. The system must track whether or not a user voted on an item (public information), but only that user is ever allowed to know whether they ...
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Is there any risk in posting “local info” to the Internet?

Previously when I posted a screenshot online, someone told me to erase out my usernames, computer names, domain names, etc: Is there actually a need to do so? A quick Google search shows that many ...
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How can I ensure privacy when outsourcing authentication to an IdP (Identity Provider)

I need to outsource authentication to an IdP (Identity Provider) but I don't want that IdP to know of the calling site. The two major issues are the callback URL and the referer header. Is there any ...
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What is the difference between https://google.com and https://encrypted.google.com?

Is it there any difference between the encrypted Google search (at https://encrypted.google.com) and the ordinary HTTPS Google search (at https://google.com)? In terms of security what were the ...